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MicroVision and WOWee Team Up to Bring You a True Mobile Theater Experience

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We are big fans of the MicroVision ShowWX+ laser pico projector.  It produces vivid, colorful images that are always in focus, thanks to the PicoP® technology.  Now, MicroVision and WOWee are teaming up to unlock a superior user experience.  The ShowWX+ is now being bundled with the WOWee ONE portable speaker.  The WOWee ONE provides up to 20 hours of listening enjoyment, thanks to its rechargeable internal battery.  The 2-watt speaker produces extended low frequency sounds as well, to ensure nice, clean bass.  Together, the ShowWX+ and WOWee ONE can give you a superior mobile theater experience.  Read below for the full Press Release:

 

Microsoft OmniTouch System Enables Wearable Multitouch Projection Everywhere

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Microsoft Research is at it again.  This time, they have created OmniTouch, a wearable multi-touch projection system in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University.  Echoing some of the features demonstrated in Pranav Mistry's SixthSense project, the OmniTouch leverages the capabilities of a laser-based projector (ShowWX+™ from MicroVision) along with a depth-sensing camera from PrimeSense.  Here is a look at the prototype created for the research: 

 

ESPlus Releases New Seeser Laser Pico Projector

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ESPlus of Korea is releasing its Seeser laser pico projector at the Korea Electronics Show this week. 

 

MicroVision to Demonstrate 3D Pico Projector

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Projection Mapping is Gaining Traction

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People are finding all sorts of unique ways to use pico projectors.  A trend we have been monitoring is known as projection mapping. Basically, real-life objects are augmented by projected images that are overlaid.  In some cases.  We thought we share a few of these with you.

 

Projection-enabled Surgery is an Intriguing Application for Pico Projectors

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In a recent post, MicroVision unveiled an interesting concept for projection-enabled surgery.  Specifically, researchers at the ARTORG Center of Computer Aided Surgery at the University of Bern in Switzerland are creating a visual display application that can help guide surgeons when performing operations.  From the MicroVision blog post:

 

More Evidence that Apple is Developing Pico Projection for Future Products

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Today, the USPTO published application 20110197147 assigned to Apple, titled "Projected Display Shared Workspaces".  Described within are a number of concepts utilizing pico projectors to enable multi-user interactive projected displays.  You can access this patent application using the button to the right.

 

Intel Aims to Expand its Presence in the Pico Projector Market

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Today, Intel signed an agreement with MicroVision to expand distribution of the ShowWX+™ laser pico projector.  While this isn't the first time these two have joined forces, this agreement is clear evidence that Intel remains interested in pico projection.  In Intel's own words:

 

MicroVision Signs Development Agreement With Major Auto Manufacturer for Head-up Display

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Today, MicroVision released its Q2 2011 operating results.  In addition, the company announced that it has signed a development agreement with a major automotive manufacturer to incorporate its proprietary PicoP® technology into a Head-up Display (HUD).  Commercial introduction of this mass production car is slated for 2014. 

 

Detailed Photos of a MicroVision ShowWX Teardown

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Recently, we posted a link to an in-depth teardown of the MicroVision ShowWX+™ laser pico projector.  Well, thanks again to one of our dedicated readers, we are proud to provide a link to another teardown.  This time, we have a link to a very nice discussion of the inner-workings of the original ShowWX™ by MicroVision.  Within the discussion are many photographs of the varioud components that make up the laser pico projector, including some insights regarding the laser diodes being used for the pico display engine (PDE), thermal management, etc.  Have a look for some really great information on this unique device.